THE PAST

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 130 minutes

It’s not at all clear what the filmmaker’s trying to say but entirely conceivable he’s making a point of not making a point, of not saying the wrong thing by not saying anything…


Posted on February 19, 2014 by

“UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS” – REVIEW AND INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT GREENWALD

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 63 minutes

Robert Greenwald makes documentaries. He also makes waves. And enemies. In the capital of this country there are doubtless lots of seriously powerful people who’d like to see him come to harm. Or be ruined. And they’re the kind of folks who can make this happen. They eliminate people and destroy reputations for a living. Robert Greenwald makes documentaries about them…


Posted on February 18, 2014 by

THE MONUMENTS MEN

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 118 minutes

Directed and co-written by Clooney, with frequent collaborator Grant Heslov and based on the nonfiction book by Robert M. Edsel, the picture unsteadily straddles the line between goofball comedy and inspirational issue film…


Posted on February 12, 2014 by

LABOR DAY

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 111 minutes

Fun, however, is in short supply here despite the movie’s snortworthy premise that the three immediately hit if off and commence fulfilling one another’s yearnings…


Posted on February 5, 2014 by

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 111 minutes

For his part, Fiennes has never been better, creating a compelling, completely credible Dickens down to the minutest historical details from his reported approachability to his bottomless reserves of energy…


Posted on January 26, 2014 by

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 121 minutes

For the first half hour or so, Streep’s bitch on wheels schtick is good mean fun but the script (by Letts) jettisons so much of the play that what made it to the screen feels sketchy and super-stagey-like something Eugene O’Neill might’ve written for the Lifetime Channel…


Posted on January 8, 2014 by

AMERICAN HUSTLE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 138 minutes

From the voice overs and criminal milieu to the supersonic zooms and pop song cues (always more compelling than whatever’s happening on screen while they’re playing), it’s the best Scorsese movie Scorsese never made…


Posted on December 18, 2013 by

OUT OF THE FURNACE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116 minutes

It’s a movie made in the tradition of character and issue driven pictures of the 70s. Let’s just say it fares better at evoking that moment in cinema than equaling it…


Posted on December 12, 2013 by

PHILOMENA

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 98 minutes

“Philomena” is so pandering, patronizing and proudly by the numbers it makes the “The Guilt Trip” look like “Lawrence of Arabia”…


Posted on December 3, 2013 by

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes

You’ve seen the tabloid shots of the actor so skeletal it’s unclear what’s holding his pants up. Now you can see the reason he put himself through such a punishing transformation. And you should. Even if the movie isn’t quite as excellent as he is…


Posted on November 25, 2013 by

ALL IS LOST

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes

This shipwreck isn’t a trainwreck by any means but, in the case of the writer-director’s sophomore outing, less in the end really is less…


Posted on November 18, 2013 by

12 YEARS A SLAVE

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 134 minutes

Where are the serious American films about slavery? And how did I fail to note the paucity of pictures addressing our national dirty laundry? Just one of the great things about this great new movie is the fact that it shines a light on a significant cinematic hypocrisy…


Posted on November 11, 2013 by

LAST VEGAS

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes

In the case of this lazy, laugh-free comedy, what happens in Vegas shouldn’t have just stayed in Vegas; it should’ve stayed in Fogelman’s word processor…


Posted on November 6, 2013 by

JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

As long strange trips go, Irving and Billy’s feels more long than strange…


Posted on October 29, 2013 by

THE FIFTH ESTATE

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 128 minutes

One of the picture’s multitudinous shortcomings is the fact that its subject is literally an international man of mystery and neither its director nor screenwriter, Josh Singer, seem to have any more idea who he is and what makes him tick than you or I…


Posted on October 22, 2013 by

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